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Beacon Program


Beacon Program

ILG’s Beacon Program provides recognition and support for California local agencies that are working to build more vibrant and sustainable communities. Beacon honors voluntary efforts by cities, counties and special districts that are reducing greenhouse gas emissions, saving energy and adopting policies that promote sustainability. 

Through Beacon, ILG offers guidance, training and support for implementing and documenting sustainability best practices, obtaining and analyzing energy data and highlighting the accomplishments of local agencies. 

Beacon participants receive:

  • Technical assistance in collecting, reporting and tracking sustainability best practices, energy savings and greenhouse gas reductions
  • Opportunities for award recognition
  • Access to peer to peer networking and educational events including webinars, conference sessions and informal information exchanges
  • Invitations to showcase sustainability leadership and agency achievements to a statewide audience

How to Participate in the Beacon Program

Learn more about the Beacon Program and apply to join.


Award Winners

Each year, dozens of local agencies are honored with Beacon awards. 

The Beacon Program features two types of awards:

  • Beacon Vanguard Award: recognizing an agency’s holistic approach to addressing climate change. Participating agencies are required to complete each of the requirements for the five Spotlight Awards and adopt a Climate Action Plan to receive a Beacon Vanguard Award.
  • Spotlight Award: recognizing individual accomplishments of local agencies participating in the Beacon Program from greenhouse gas reductions to energy savings and more.

Beacon Program Participants

The Beacon Program currently supports more than 160 local agencies across California that are implementing effective climate action practices that are improving the quality of life in their communities. Small and large, urban and suburban, these agencies are truly models of leadership at the local level.


Beacon Program Champions

The Institute for Local Government is grateful to the many organizations that serve as Beacon Program Champions, such as councils of government, special districts and foundations. ILG works with Beacon Champions to support and encourage the activities of local agencies participating or considering participation in the Beacon Program. 

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